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[ak-sel-uh-rom-i-ter] /ækˌsɛl əˈrɒm ɪ tər/
an instrument for measuring acceleration, as of aircraft or guided missiles.
Origin of accelerometer
1900-05; acceler(ation) + -o- + -meter Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for accelerometer
  • He made himself a fine little floater-type accelerometer.
  • The gauntlet uses an accelerometer to respond to arm movements for the actual roll.
  • And the built-in accelerometer means the device automatically switches into portrait or landscape modes when rotated.
  • When an accelerometer in the mirror detects an impact, a call is automatically placed to the command center.
  • The accelerometer in many laptops is designed to detect movement of the device in order to prevent damage to it.
  • If you toss this foam-covered ball skyward, an accelerometer inside determines when it has reached its maximum height.
  • One accelerometer is located under the grip, preferably at a point between the two hands.
  • Also, accelerometer data could indicate activity at the conference.
  • Low activity, as recorded by the accelerometer, suggests the wearer is sleeping.
  • At present, the minuscule silicon flap plays an important role as an accelerometer in automobiles.
British Dictionary definitions for accelerometer


an instrument for measuring acceleration, esp of an aircraft or rocket
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